LAST dangled my tape recorder under the
nose of Tracey Thorn a year or so ago in
the soft-drinks only 'bar' of a Covent
Garden youth club. Her group, The Marine
Girls, were playing one of their modest
gigs. They were then at the stage of
recording bedroom cassettes and having
themselves photographed with an
inflatable dolphin. Tracey was
temporarily employed in a toy shop before
the lure of academia a led her to Hull
University a course in English.
The Marine Girls'
'Beach Party' tape was eventually issued
in vinyl form by Whaam! records and later
Cherry red stepped in to sign the group
and release the 'On My Mind' single.
time afterwards came Everything But The
Girl, a duo comprising Tracey and Ben
Watt, also a Cherry Red young hopeful and
quite by coincidence a fellow student at
Hull. Most recently has been Tracey's
wondrous 'A Distant Shore' a solo 'mini'
wrote her first song when aged 15. She's
now a wizened 20-year-old.
up again at Kingston Poly where the
Marine Girls are doing one of their rare
gigs (due to the geographical distance
between the members) supporting the
Monochrome Set. Tracey dutifully keeps
out appointment and we rendezvous by the
mixing desk them adjourn for what she
later proclaims as "my first solo
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